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Conversations with Brad Medaris

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brad Medaris.

Hi Brad, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My wife is a big-time true crime fan: podcasts, documentaries, whatever. I think she enjoys them a bit more because I’m a former criminal defense trial attorney and I could explain a lot of the details she didn’t understand. Needing a hobby at the time because I was driving my wife and kids a bit crazy, she pushed me into trying to run a podcast. And I did. I had no idea what I was doing when I began and I had to figure out everything as we went. But I’ve learned a lot and hopefully it sounds a bit more put together today then it did in our early days. Oh, and it has gotten way bigger than I could ever imagine. After two years, Killin Missin Hidden has listeners in 125 countries and all 50 states (with a few hundred in the San Diego area). I don’t know why people want to listen to a goofy sounding guy from Alabama, but it’s done wonders for my ego! 🙂

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I support of family of 6 on a single income, so nothing in my life is smooth!

I usually spend 10-15 hours per episode between researching, writing, recording, editing, and promoting. That time has to come from somewhere. I’m still not certain how I make it work. But I do it every week. Thankfully, my family has been largely supportive (though my wife doesn’t love it when I spent an entire Saturday working on my show).

As far as the podcast itself, it is incredibly hard to try to stand out in a sea of other podcasts, especially when you are the little guy and you face so many corporate-run shows. It has taken a lot of work to get my show in front of people since I can’t buy my way onto the Apple Podcasting Charts or spend $30,000 on marketing. Each listener we get is a hard-fought victory, but it also means we love the mess out of our listeners!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I think what really sets my show apart from so many others is the fact that I have been in the courtroom. I have defended people charged with everything from DUI to child sex abuse to murder. I’ve been through multiple jury trials. I’ve won cases I shouldn’t have won and lost cases I shouldn’t have lost. I know how to poke holes in police work, tear apart prosecutors’ theories, and how witnesses react under pressure. I know criminal law. I lived it for nearly a decade. So you get a much different experience from my show versus the stereotypical two girlfriends who want to chat about true crime while enjoying wine. I guess that gives my podcast an educational angle too.

What matters most to you?
With respect to my podcast, I suppose I would say my integrity. I hate seeing shows that merely copy episodes from smaller podcasts. Everything I do, for better or worse, is 100% Brad!

In real life, it would have to be my wife and family. I am so blessed to have the most amazing woman supporting me. As much as she can. She’s Latina, so she demands her fair share of attention and support too 🙂 My kids are awesome too. I have three boys, so it’s kind of like living inside a WWE match, but they all have good hearts. I’m really proud of them. And my mother-in-law lives with us, which is actually a massive blessing because she helps out so much with everything.

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